Australia’s first national, not for profit legal watchdog for the environment launches today with a mandate to ensure environmental laws are observed and properly enforced.
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Energy ministers head to Perth for the first COAG energy council meeting in almost a year, with frustrations amongst State and Territory ministers high.
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Industrial cooling systems that utilise solar energy, thermal storage, smart technology and non-toxic refrigerants will be trialled at three major commercial sites.
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Star of the South names Danish wind power exectuive Casper Frost Thorhauge to head up the 2000MW wind farm proposed for waters off the south coast of Gippsland.
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An unlikely alliance of the federal minister and his Victoria counter-part pushes for Australia's reliability standard to be tightened further. It makes no sense.
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Mike Cannon-Brookes says huge solar and storage project will test the limits of engineering, but serve as a "lighthouse" project to the world.
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Bill Gates and co-investors hail new solar technology that can revolutionise - and displace fossil fuels - in production of cement and steel.
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Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says
Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate.
Defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it”, Oxford said the words soared from “relative obscurity” to “one of the most prominent – and prominently debated – terms of 2019.”Continue reading...
Experts say new approach to classify plants’ conservation status suggests 7,000 species at risk
A third of plant species in tropical Africa are threatened with extinction, a new study suggests. Plants are crucial to many ecosystems and life in general, providing food and oxygen, as well as being the source of myriad materials and medicines. However, human activities including logging, mining and agriculture pose a major threat.
While the extinction risk of animals around the world has been well studied, the risk facing many plants remains unclear: 86% of mammal species have been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for its Red List, compared with only 8% of plant species. Now experts say they have come up with a rapid approach to give a preliminary classification.Continue reading...